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Consuelo and the 9th Duke with their children at Blenheim in a painting by John Singer Sargent.
Paper View - The 'Wedding that saved Blenheim Palace' finally appears in Oxfordshire.
The New York wedding of the 9th Duke of Marlborough to the fantastically wealthy American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt, has been recreated in paper at Blenheim Palace.
Charles Spencer-Churchill had inherited his near-bankrupt dukedom in 1892, and was forced to find a quick and drastic solution to the financial problems of his family.
Prevented by the social dictates of Victorian high society from earning money, he was left with one solution; to marry it.
Although an unhappy marriage , it did manage to save the Palace where Winston Churchill had been born in 1874.